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Australian researchers develop world-first test capable of detecting melanoma

Australian researchers have developed a world-first blood test capable of detecting melanoma in its early stages.

In a trial of 209 people, developed by scientists at Edith Cowan University’s Melanoma Research Group in Western Australia, the blood test picked up early-stage melanoma in 81.5 per cent of cases.

Professor Rodney Sinclair, Professor of Dermatology at The University of Melbourne, told Ross and John the test is ‘really useful’.

“They’ve worked out that when you have a melanoma your body makes antibodies,” Professor Sinclair said.

“They don’t destroy the melanoma but they can be used for diagnosis.

“It does really identity people who would benefit from screening.”

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